Thanks for the link...I just placed the book on hold at my local library.
I left collecting and got rid of my boxes full of cards in the early 90's, then came back to collecting as a hobby in 2008. As I didn't know anyone else who collected, nor did I stay in the know about the hobby....I was shocked to see where we are today. I guess it's good that i'm a "low-budget" collector. I have one "high value" card in my collection - and it's a card graciously given away by Sir David K. in a Bench contest. I have fun though, and very much enjoy my collection (thanks to The Bench). I guess that's the key, when you aren't having any fun - collecting is not for you.
Also everyone is all about the "Hits" and the "BIG pulls" now.
The Bench is the only forum I have been able to constantly make trades on - occasionaly I will venture to other boards only to be turned off by all of the "High End" posts and wants. My posts looking for set hits and base/inserts/low end parallels for the most part go unanswered. This is because most people now "toss" anything not eBay-worthy or in their eyes tradeable. Sucks that is where we are...but who knows - if I had the money to spend, I probably would be breaking high end wax. Well, maybe not as my Wife might have something to say about that
Guess what I'm trying to say like I have before is thanks to The Bench for being true collectors and helping me fill my boxes back up!
I know there weren't any "Game Used" or autographs...but was there even a such thing as inserts or parallels or prospects in the vintage days of collecting?
Curious as to what others think the hobby will be like in the near future?
Like everything else in this world, money changes everything. It used to be a kids hobby, now it's a man's obsession. Now that Topps is the only licensed baseball card manufacturer, I'm not sure where this hobby will be in 10 years.
kugel - love the 1984 Topps TTM's!
I think less ans less people collect because it isnt really about
baseball as much as it has to do with ebay and pulling something